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How Small Member States Shape EU Narratives

Central European and Baltic states have been the driving force of the EU’s response to Russia’s war on Ukraine. Their influence has important implications for the union’s future direction.

Those were heady days. Back in 2004, the Baltic states and Central European countries were reaching the finishing line in their negotiations to join the EU.

The “old” member states had agreed on a big-bang enlargement that would admit eight formerly communist countries.

It was a marvellous achievement.

It was about making Europe whole and free.

It was about extending the Euro-Atlantic geographical, security, and…

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